Philadelphia-born Eric Froehlich has always has been captivated by strategy-based games. Ever since an injury made him unable to play sports, the American turned to hobbies that would stimulate his mind instead. Whilst in school, he was hooked on Magic: The Gathering and has since enjoyed success in the competitive world – so much so that he was inducted into the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame in 2015. After a stint on the professional circuit, Eric transitioned to playing online poker and this passion picked up so much traction that he dropped out of his studies at the University of Virginia around 2005 to pursue life as a full-time poker pro.
Froehlich’s most revered accomplishments in the poker world have all come at the WSOP. He became one of the youngest bracelet winners ever after earning a victory in the 2005 $1,500 Limit Hold’em event at the age of just 21. What made this win so significant was that it was Eric’s first live tournament cash and he was rewarded with a $303,908 payday along with the gold. If there were any doubters about his career choice as a professional gambler, they were most definitely silenced by EFro’s immediate success.
He proved that his win wasn’t just a one-time affair when he picked up a second WSOP bracelet – the following year! This time around, he shipped the $1,500 PLO Re-Buy event for $299,675. At the age of 22, Froehlich had already become a two-time bracelet winner and shown that he could succeed in a number of variants.
As is the case with a lot of poker pros, Eric lives in Las Vegas with his wife and Magic: The Gathering streamer Athena Huey. His close proximity to many casinos has definitely helped contribute to his $2,000,000+ in tournament earnings he’s put together over the past few years.
On top of continuing to play Magic competitively alongside his poker career, Eric creates content for the site www.channelfireball.com.